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Trademark shots and/or unique or interesting shots

krystlel
12-26-2008, 08:53 AM
What are some examples of players' trademark shots, or shots that are unique or interesting?

It can be a strange kind of trick shot, or just really unorthodox technique, or an awesome shot that not many players can hit. Or it can just be something basic that a player does a lot of, which makes it kind of like their trademark. Basically anything that makes a player stand out.

But if you're going to mention a shot, mention what it is about it, like whether it is a technical thing rather than just something like "Safin's backhand".

There are many examples out there, but I can't be bothered writing in detail about all of them.

The more elaborate examples that I've written below fall under more the players' strengths...

Roger Federer
The flick backhand half-volley passing shot. His opponent comes in on an approach shot right to his backhand side and Federer’s still on the forehand side of the court. He smoothly and casually strolls his way there, or so it looks and barely makes any backswing nor does he even look up, he just keeps his head still. He flicks the backhand right at the last second and directs it exactly where he wants to for a winning shot.

He's also got the short-slice backhand intended to make his opponents scoop it back up and force themselves into the net, after finding themselves in no-man’s land. Then Federer whips across an easy passing shot winner straight past them, while making his opponents feel silly and hopeless in the process.

Rafael Nadal
The unusually powerful double-handed backhand crosscourt passing shot, where he swings the racquet through in a straight line making the racquet seem more like a sword, cricket bat or other similar sort of equipment. He bends his knees down incredibly low and his racquet nearly hits the ground on the initial contact. Commentators refer to it as being like a double-handed forehand.

Andy Murray
The high loopy forehand crosscourt that he throws in to completely throw his opponent off-rhythm before throwing in the fast-paced flat forehand or backhand the next shot. Two of the most contrasting shots you could play consecutively, and Murray does it deliberately. Most players only hit change-up loopy forehands to give themselves more time to get back into the court, or either they usually hit with a fair amount of topspin as it is. But Murray uses it as a regular shot in his repertoire.

Nikolay Davydenko
I once read someone describe Davydenko on form as like “playing on skates”. The way he sprints from side-to-side, then sets himself in position right on top of the ball each time with perfect timing, makes movement and racquet control almost synchronous with each other at contact.

I also like the strangely nice feel he has on those double-handed volley dropshots. He can’t seem to hit any other kind of effective volleys but he bends down really low and opens his racquet face right out flat, instead of at an angle like most people would. He barely moves his racquet at all, keeping it in the same position to cut under the ball making it stop dead as it bounces over the net.

David Nalbandian
The backhand crosscourt angle shot, that he throws in the middle of a neutral rally catching his opponents completely by surprise. He flicks his racquet across, using almost entirely his left wrist, with his right hand as support. Most players need to either slow the pace down when attempting a short angle, roll over it with top spin or both but Nalbandian almost does it entirely with racquet control and feel making it almost impossible to return.

David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo
The effort that they put in to make sure that they hit as many forehands as possible, even if that requires running all the way out of court, only to hit a three-quarter kind of shot, not even a near-winner or setup shot. You get the feeling that not much thought goes into whether any sort of reward will come out of doing it, but rather to follow the mindset of making everything into a forehand, as long as it's humanly possible.

Gael Monfils
He teases his opponent with a floating, mid-court ball, begging for it to be hit for as an approach shot. His opponents do exactly as they should, hitting a deep approach shot into the corner, then you can feel Monfils lighting up with excitement already anticipating the glorious running passing shot winner. He sprints over to the corner three or so metres behind the baseline, does a trademark slide and finds the down-the-line shot, just as he knew he would letting out a predictable “Allez!”.

Fernando Gonzalez
The go-for-broke inside-out forehand, where he takes a massive backswing and you know it’s going to be big before it’s even hit. The backswing itself is intimidating itself, then he gets his footwork in position like he’s putting every ounce of energy into it knowing that he’s not going to be in position if it comes back. But that’s okay because he wants to hit an outright winner off it. I remember when Andy Roddick got back one of his “forehand bombs” in the US Open match, and Gonzalez got to it late and slapped a forehand two metres long afterwards, to essentially give up the point.

Igor Andreev
The sound that comes off his racquet after hitting a forehand. Andreev gets right under the ball, then whips right across it to send it spinning several rotations. Like the complete opposite of a cleanly struck shot.

Richard Gasquet
When he’s on one of his hot streaks and you can tell how eager he is to hit his shots before he even hits them. Gasquet wants to hit glorious winners and he wants them to be spectacular. He puts in that extra hop on the backhand to make it a jumping backhand and gets right on top of that forehand. And just because he's in that kind of form, most of those winners actually come off. It even looks like he's walking quicker and more purposefully in between points than usual.

Then there are some random ones, like...

Andy Roddick’s drive backhand, how he grips his racquet with both hands together close to the middle of the handle, leaving a gap down the bottom, depriving himself of getting the full amount of power out of it.

Janko Tipsarevic, when he’s wrong-footed, going back to retrieve a shot on the backhand side, hits the ball on the other side of the racquet strings. Like a very strange kind of forehand.

Tommy Robredo’s backhand, where he sets himself up with an exaggerated backswing then whips through his backhand, in a windmill sort of motion making almost a full circular rotation. His opponents predictably kick it up high to that side on serve, and he falls backwards three metres behind in the baseline just to be able to prepare for that stroke.

scoobs
12-26-2008, 10:37 AM
Kei Nishikori's jumping forehand always brings a smile to my face.

Of course, Sampras's slam dunk smash in the old days...

Odesnik
12-26-2008, 10:41 AM
Odesnik's whip forehand across court.

Kolya
12-26-2008, 10:42 AM
Florian Mayer's jumping drop shots :lol:

I've always liked Karol Kucera's running forehand passing shots :worship:

seljanin
12-26-2008, 11:00 AM
I would add Roddick's serve. His serve motion is quite unique and efficient.

Btw, a very nice overview, krystlel! :yeah:

Foxy
12-26-2008, 11:35 AM
Guillermo Coria's touch of magic. Scrambling so well with the drop shots and finishing the opponents off with the next shot. Got Federer on the ropes at Hamburg 2004. It's a pitty he lost that final.
Also his forehand squash slice - sometimes a direct winner like against Robredo at RG2008.

Henry Chinaski
12-26-2008, 11:51 AM
James Blake

Backhand return. It has so little back swing that it almost resembles a block viewed in real-time. But a block he can hit winners with. He takes the ball early, on the rise and out in front and seemingly very close to his body in comparision with some of the smoother backhands on tour. It seems to be an effective shot and a triumph of timing, footwork and hand-eye coordination over orthodox technique.

Novak Djokovic

The stretching wide 2-handed backhand in general. His flexibility allows him incredible reach when he's forced out wide and he can get low enough to hit an aggressive shot with both hands from a splits position where most players would be forced into a 1-handed defensive shot.

great list krystel. I'll think some more....

Action Jackson
12-26-2008, 11:55 AM
Rios

The man invented the one leg in the air jump backhand, you see even giants like Safin do it as well.

stebs
12-26-2008, 12:03 PM
Nice post and I would add that Nadal also hits that big two handed cross court BH in baseline rallies whn he is really forced wide. The regularity in which he was able to effectively do this is the reason, in my opinion, that his domination of RG was so strong this year. Djokovic in particular who had tested Nadal at Hamburg with rolled CC FH's waiting for the time to attack was completely beaten by the fact that Nadal now had an answer to it.

stebs
12-26-2008, 12:06 PM
Rios

The man invented the one leg in the air jump backhand, you see even giants like Safin do it as well.

The fading generation of Frenchies seem to love this shot. Clement and Grosjean in particular cannot get enough.

Speaking of Grosjean, his forehand is a truly unique stroke. I always had trouble accepting it as the major weapon that it was in Grosjeans game because he looks like he is just flicking the ball but he can get some serious pace on that ball and he is a master of the short angles both CC and inside out.

habibko
12-26-2008, 12:14 PM
Roger Federer
forehand passing shot on the run + backhand flick passing shot + short extremely angled topspin forehand to either side followed by a drop shot + slice down the line followed by a forehand winner on the opposite side of the court.

David Ferrer
inside-out forehand, was on fire in latter stages of 2007 and won him 80% of points, by far his trademark shot.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
backhand stop volley (and occasionally forehand) that looks out of this world when on fire like in his AO 08 match against Nadal, ball drops dead right at the net, being a volley and not a drop shot is what makes it SO special.

Gilles Simon /Kei Nishikori
jumping backhand winner, looks so cool too :drool:

Marat Safin/David Nalbandian
backhand down the line winner, they both change direction so effortlessly and effeciently, a beauty to watch.

Gilles Muller
slice backhand approach shot, stays so low and relatively fast, saw it on fire against Federer in their match in the US 08.

krystlel
12-26-2008, 03:25 PM
The fading generation of Frenchies seem to love this shot. Clement and Grosjean in particular cannot get enough.

Speaking of Grosjean, his forehand is a truly unique stroke. I always had trouble accepting it as the major weapon that it was in Grosjeans game because he looks like he is just flicking the ball but he can get some serious pace on that ball and he is a master of the short angles both CC and inside out.
I was also thinking of Grosjean's forehand, except I found that one particularly hard to describe. I have to admit one large reason why I enjoy watching him is due to the uniqueness of that stroke. He hits it really close to his body and it's a very quick motion with barely any backswing. It looks a lot like he just curls around the ball rather than actually hitting through it except when he flattens out on it which is why the amount of pace he can generate on it seems to be able to take his opponents by surprise.

sheeter
12-26-2008, 03:50 PM
Santoro
Slice forehand. I don't think a description is even needed. Highly unusual, two handed, and very effective. Also hits two handed volleys off both sides.

Gasquet
I'd have to say the unexpected monster backhand down the line, preceded by a sharp backhand crosscourt.

Nadal
I think Nadal's crosscourt forehand just by itself is unique. Few other balls have the trajectory, height, or sheer power and spin of this shot. Also, his irregular flick finish that he utilizes at least 50% of the time makes it pretty recognizable.

Sampras
The running forehand.

Johnny Groove
12-26-2008, 04:14 PM
Nadal's forehand flick passing shot. Especially on the run and especially on a big point. The guy rarely misses.

krystlel
12-26-2008, 04:21 PM
I particularly like Santoro's slice lobs, very unorthodox.

I think Ancic's forehand is a bit of a strange stroke with its big loopy wind-up and very forced motion - probably one of the most mechanical shots on the tour. You would think from watching his backswing and preparation that his racquet is extremely heavy.

Roddick's serve is very cool looking, it reminds me a bit of a rocket or missile launch, how it's almost completely straight up and down, and so dynamic. He has his feet set really close together and gets his racquet back so far down, and similarly bends his knees really well also.

GlennMirnyi
12-26-2008, 06:56 PM
Nadull's trademark shot is the high moonball crap shot.

MisterQ
12-26-2008, 08:12 PM
The Berasategui forehand

Clydey
12-26-2008, 08:16 PM
2008 Federer's forehand that sails long and into the backboards. That shot is unique. A bit like Gary Caldwell's crowd splitting passes (Scottish football reference).

Marc23
12-26-2008, 10:22 PM
The shot that Tipsarevic uses quite a lot...looks weird but it obviously works!Just look:

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=38EgL4_olJM

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=l72ATzv3lRY

Nathaliia
12-26-2008, 10:27 PM
Anything by Florian Mayer. A lot of inspiration for new and new generations of snow shovelers.

GlennMirnyi
12-27-2008, 01:07 AM
Florian Mayer's jumping dropshot.

TankingTheSet
12-27-2008, 01:57 AM
What happened to Florian anyway? He disappeared off the face of the earth.


Im August 2008 kündigte er an, nach einer Finger-Operation eine mehrmonatige Turnierpause einzulegen, um die Lust am Tennis zurückzugewinnen.


"In August 2008 he announced that after a finger-operation he would take several months off in order to regain the desire to play tennis."

Looks like he is/was pretty depressed (psychologically).

Kolya
12-27-2008, 02:33 AM
What happened to Florian anyway? He disappeared off the face of the earth.



"In August 2008 he announced that after a finger-operation he would take several months off in order to regain the desire to play tennis."

Looks like he is/was pretty depressed (psychologically).

Mayer came back a few weeks ago and won the German Championships quite easily :yeah:

casabe
12-27-2008, 02:40 AM
THIS!
hope he can do well in 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Snd3W4O8U

Clydey
12-27-2008, 02:51 AM
This one's for TMJordan.

Jugen Melzer's two-handed dropshot.

Action Jackson
12-27-2008, 04:22 AM
Gaston Gaudio.

The caño, the lob between the legs, yes that is his shot.

The Freak
12-27-2008, 04:32 AM
Guccione's forehand slice.

~*BGT*~
12-27-2008, 04:45 AM
Paradorn's splits

schorsch
12-27-2008, 04:49 AM
wawrinka's bh xcourt drivevolleys :eek:

davydenko's fh xcourt on the run with weight on the right foot.

*bunny*
12-27-2008, 05:49 AM
Goran's quick serve with a low ball toss and his body facing the net.
The most beautiful service motion IMHO.

Juan Carlos' FH with a very compact, quick racket swing.
His between-the-legs shot is a surprisinly reliable shot as well.

Rafa's ability to slide on both feet on clay, which helps him stretch wide on his BH side quicky and without losing balance.

Lleyton's top spin lob. (OK, it's not his trademark shot but he's extremely good at it.)

And as Scoobs said, Kei's jumping forehand is a joy to watch.
The FH slice winner he showed in the Delray Beach final was just wow.

Great thread, krystlel. :yeah:
I particulalry like your analysis on Davydenko's footwork and Robredo's BH.

Henry Chinaski
12-27-2008, 05:58 AM
Gilles Simon

Backhand off the short ball. Too drunk to describe it right now but what makes it unique is the way he delays it until the last split second possible. He can go in either direction, playing the ball when it's no more than 1 cm off the ground, either flicking it cross court or pushing it down the line. He often appears to play it without even looking at the ball when his opponent is at the net and sends him the wrong direction simply by facing the opposite way he's going to play it until the very last second. The nonchalance with which he approaches such a potentially tricky shot is what sets it apart. His tactic of bringing the serve volley strictly on massive points is also worth a mention.

krystlel
12-27-2008, 06:32 AM
^ I love Simon's backhand approach shot where he leans right into it, with a short backswing and moves into the ball to follow it into the net. It's like one fluid movement in itself, where coming into the net is like a natural progression rather than two separate movements. Beautiful shot.

Robin Soderling's "round arm" forehand also deserves a mention.

buzz
12-27-2008, 08:19 AM
Kuertens finishing backhand, where he waits quite long and has a huge backswing. Hits it both down the line and angled cc.

Federer sometimes does like he will hit a dropshot from a short ball and than hits a deep slice when the opponent starts running to the net. I think I never saw an other player do that.

Andre♥
12-27-2008, 08:25 AM
The fading generation of Frenchies seem to love this shot. Clement and Grosjean in particular cannot get enough.

Speaking of Grosjean, his forehand is a truly unique stroke. I always had trouble accepting it as the major weapon that it was in Grosjeans game because he looks like he is just flicking the ball but he can get some serious pace on that ball and he is a master of the short angles both CC and inside out.

One of my favorites.

Talking about Frenchies, one of my favorite versions of that shot is from Mauresmo! :eek:

VolandriFan
12-27-2008, 08:32 AM
Gaudio sets up for a backhand slice approach shot and opens the racquet face right at the last second. Clever.

NYCtennisfan
12-27-2008, 09:26 AM
Guillermo Coria's touch of magic. Scrambling so well with the drop shots and finishing the opponents off with the next shot. Got Federer on the ropes at Hamburg 2004. It's a pitty he lost that final.
Also his forehand squash slice - sometimes a direct winner like against Robredo at RG2008.

Federer was never anywhere near losing that match. The 2nd set was a good battle, but after that he rolled Coria.

On topic: Rios and his angled passing shots that would land halfway up the service boxes, Jand Mac's left-handed FH volley that would be angled off into the deuce court.

Clydey
12-27-2008, 01:05 PM
What are some examples of players' trademark shots, or shots that are unique or interesting?

It can be a strange kind of trick shot, or just really unorthodox technique, or an awesome shot that not many players can hit. Or it can just be something basic that a player does a lot of, which makes it kind of like their trademark. Basically anything that makes a player stand out.

But if you're going to mention a shot, mention what it is about it, like whether it is a technical thing rather than just something like "Safin's backhand".

There are many examples out there, but I can't be bothered writing in detail about all of them.

The more elaborate examples that I've written below fall under more the players' strengths...

Roger Federer
The flick backhand half-volley passing shot. His opponent comes in on an approach shot right to his backhand side and Federer’s still on the forehand side of the court. He smoothly and casually strolls his way there, or so it looks and barely makes any backswing nor does he even look up, he just keeps his head still. He flicks the backhand right at the last second and directs it exactly where he wants to for a winning shot.

He's also got the short-slice backhand intended to make his opponents scoop it back up and force themselves into the net, after finding themselves in no-man’s land. Then Federer whips across an easy passing shot winner straight past them, while making his opponents feel silly and hopeless in the process.

Rafael Nadal
The unusually powerful double-handed backhand crosscourt passing shot, where he swings the racquet through in a straight line making the racquet seem more like a sword, cricket bat or other similar sort of equipment. He bends his knees down incredibly low and his racquet nearly hits the ground on the initial contact. Commentators refer to it as being like a double-handed forehand.

Andy Murray
The high loopy forehand crosscourt that he throws in to completely throw his opponent off-rhythm before throwing in the fast-paced flat forehand or backhand the next shot. Two of the most contrasting shots you could play consecutively, and Murray does it deliberately. Most players only hit change-up loopy forehands to give themselves more time to get back into the court, or either they usually hit with a fair amount of topspin as it is. But Murray uses it as a regular shot in his repertoire.

Nikolay Davydenko
I once read someone describe Davydenko on form as like “playing on skates”. The way he sprints from side-to-side, then sets himself in position right on top of the ball each time with perfect timing, makes movement and racquet control almost synchronous with each other at contact.

I also like the strangely nice feel he has on those double-handed volley dropshots. He can’t seem to hit any other kind of effective volleys but he bends down really low and opens his racquet face right out flat, instead of at an angle like most people would. He barely moves his racquet at all, keeping it in the same position to cut under the ball making it stop dead as it bounces over the net.

David Nalbandian
The backhand crosscourt angle shot, that he throws in the middle of a neutral rally catching his opponents completely by surprise. He flicks his racquet across, using almost entirely his left wrist, with his right hand as support. Most players need to either slow the pace down when attempting a short angle, roll over it with top spin or both but Nalbandian almost does it entirely with racquet control and feel making it almost impossible to return.

David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo
The effort that they put in to make sure that they hit as many forehands as possible, even if that requires running all the way out of court, only to hit a three-quarter kind of shot, not even a near-winner or setup shot. You get the feeling that not much thought goes into whether any sort of reward will come out of doing it, but rather to follow the mindset of making everything into a forehand, as long as it's humanly possible.

Gael Monfils
He teases his opponent with a floating, mid-court ball, begging for it to be hit for as an approach shot. His opponents do exactly as they should, hitting a deep approach shot into the corner, then you can feel Monfils lighting up with excitement already anticipating the glorious running passing shot winner. He sprints over to the corner three or so metres behind the baseline, does a trademark slide and finds the down-the-line shot, just as he knew he would letting out a predictable “Allez!”.

Fernando Gonzalez
The go-for-broke inside-out forehand, where he takes a massive backswing and you know it’s going to be big before it’s even hit. The backswing itself is intimidating itself, then he gets his footwork in position like he’s putting every ounce of energy into it knowing that he’s not going to be in position if it comes back. But that’s okay because he wants to hit an outright winner off it. I remember when Andy Roddick got back one of his “forehand bombs” in the US Open match, and Gonzalez got to it late and slapped a forehand two metres long afterwards, to essentially give up the point.

Igor Andreev
The sound that comes off his racquet after hitting a forehand. Andreev gets right under the ball, then whips right across it to send it spinning several rotations. Like the complete opposite of a cleanly struck shot.

Richard Gasquet
When he’s on one of his hot streaks and you can tell how eager he is to hit his shots before he even hits them. Gasquet wants to hit glorious winners and he wants them to be spectacular. He puts in that extra hop on the backhand to make it a jumping backhand and gets right on top of that forehand. And just because he's in that kind of form, most of those winners actually come off. It even looks like he's walking quicker and more purposefully in between points than usual.

Then there are some random ones, like...

Andy Roddick’s drive backhand, how he grips his racquet with both hands together close to the middle of the handle, leaving a gap down the bottom, depriving himself of getting the full amount of power out of it.

Janko Tipsarevic, when he’s wrong-footed, going back to retrieve a shot on the backhand side, hits the ball on the other side of the racquet strings. Like a very strange kind of forehand.

Tommy Robredo’s backhand, where he sets himself up with an exaggerated backswing then whips through his backhand, in a windmill sort of motion making almost a full circular rotation. His opponents predictably kick it up high to that side on serve, and he falls backwards three metres behind in the baseline just to be able to prepare for that stroke.

http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a10940_revealed-special-shots-which-help-federer-nadal-murray-pull-strings

I didn't realise you wrote for that site. Nice article.

krystlel
12-27-2008, 01:15 PM
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a10940_revealed-special-shots-which-help-federer-nadal-murray-pull-strings

I didn't realise you wrote for that site. Nice article.
I do, otherwise I wouldn't be bothered writing it only for MTF.

Not that it requires that much skill to write on there. Anyone can write an article as long as it gets approved. Wish I could actually get paid for writing tennis articles.

I did one of the Murray-Federer Shanghai match a while back: http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a10717_one-pain-game-too-far-as-revitalised-roger-federer-submits-andy-murrays-chinese-torture (just ignore the annoying title they put on it for me)

Clydey
12-27-2008, 01:23 PM
I do, otherwise I wouldn't be bothered writing it only for MTF.

Not that it requires that much skill to write on there. Anyone can write an article as long as it gets approved. Wish I could actually get paid for writing tennis articles.

I did one of the Murray-Federer Shanghai match a while back: http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a10717_one-pain-game-too-far-as-revitalised-roger-federer-submits-andy-murrays-chinese-torture (just ignore the annoying title they put on it for me)

Good write up. :yeah:

Sunset of Age
12-27-2008, 02:08 PM
I did one of the Murray-Federer Shanghai match a while back: http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a10717_one-pain-game-too-far-as-revitalised-roger-federer-submits-andy-murrays-chinese-torture (just ignore the annoying title they put on it for me)

Great article... and great thread (and article as well of course), too. Thanks! :yeah:

reggie1
12-27-2008, 02:50 PM
I would add Roddick's serve. His serve motion is quite unique and efficient.

Btw, a very nice overview, krystlel! :yeah:

I think this too. His serve always makes me laugh, it looks ungainly but it's very effective.

krystlel
12-27-2008, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Some more...

Fernando Gonzalez
Gonzalez's backhand down-the-line, in that his racquet face is so flat on contact that after the ball bounces, it kind of side-spins to the left. The way he sets up for his backhand, it looks like it's much easier for him to hit it crosscourt. I'm surprised how often he manages to execute it and it always seems to take his opponents by surprise as well (Federer was thinking the same thing in the TMC 2007 match). It's hardly a good shot, but it's better than it looks.

Mikhail Youzhny
He starts off his service motion with his front foot a fair way back from the baseline, then moves his front foot forward so that it's just behind the baseline on contact. I think he's the only pro to do this on serve, which I find to be appealing, for the sole reason that I also have to stand back when stepping up to the line to serve myself to avoid hitting foot-faults. :lol: Then, of course, Youzhny also has the one-handed backhand that starts off like a two-hander.

Forehander
12-28-2008, 02:46 PM
Sebastien Grosjean

You want to see a tennis player who have such a naturally strong wrist that gives you the impression of holding a ping pong bat? You want to see the shortest backswing ever to be seen on a tennis court? This this French forehand machine is the one for you. Back in the days when he was in form, his forehand was simply incredible. There is simply no-one EVER even up to this day on the tour who can wrist roll as swiftly as this man. He can strike 150+ forehands with a flick of a wrist. It was his forehand that first inspired me to play tennis back in 2001. With immense natural talent on the forehand side though, the backhand is the ultimate weakness. It's also very unique yes, but it's probably the worst backhand ever to be seen for a former top 5 player.

duong
12-29-2008, 12:26 PM
Of course, Sampras's slam dunk smash in the old days...

In even older days :drool:, Noah did many kinds of great smash movements, including that one.

His chip forehand approach on clay was also quite a trademark, I think.

Roseisarose
12-29-2008, 12:39 PM
I do, otherwise I wouldn't be bothered writing it only for MTF.

Not that it requires that much skill to write on there. Anyone can write an article as long as it gets approved. Wish I could actually get paid for writing tennis articles.

I did one of the Murray-Federer Shanghai match a while back: http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a10717_one-pain-game-too-far-as-revitalised-roger-federer-submits-andy-murrays-chinese-torture (just ignore the annoying title they put on it for me)

Have you looked into getting paid for tennis journalism? Are jobs like that very scarce? Everything of yours I've read on MTF as well as your blog is always insightful, informative, and well-written. I honestly enjoy your writing more than most tennis articles in the media, even tennis-specific publications.

Voo de Mar
12-29-2008, 01:24 PM
Some interesting shots of players from the previous decade:

Alexander Volkov - forehand's volley-drive from 'no man's land'

Cedric Pioline - backhand's overhead (especially cross-court), very difficult stroke, almost impossible to play correctly in amateurish tennis, I haven't seen a player who has been playing it better

Daniel Vacek - his 2nd serve was almost as hard as the first one, probably the player with the smallest difference between the speed of 1st and 2nd serve (I saw two matches of an unknown French player, Lionel Barthez in Lyon '93, who was serving almost indentically both serves, the gap between them had been even fewer than in the Vacek's case)

Albert Costa and Alberto Beresategui - their inside-out service down the "T" serving on the "deuce court"

Andre Agassi - overhead from the baseline, absolutely no-one can compare with the power of that shot, even Sampras who had amazing overhead, wasn't playing smash so aggressively from the baseline

Slava Dosedel - backhand return as an approach shot, from active players I noticed only Nalbandian employs this tactics quite often with prosperity

Gilbert Schaller - double-handed backhand from the forehand side

GlennMirnyi
12-29-2008, 03:12 PM
Chris Guccione - there are no trademark strokes from the man known as The Gooch. His game is a trademark. Be it the fluid, perfect service motion, the low block forehand return of serve or the compact, mechanical backhand stroke, everything about his game is like a different echelon of the game. So evolved it's grown apart from the typical tennis game of today. The forehand, with its swift, precise movement and especially the backhand slice are up there with the best in the modern game. The blocked forehand return off weak second serves is, on the other hand, the Gooch's ultimate stroke. The grace, the fluidity, the precision is unparalleled in the men's tour. This stroke should be named "The Gooch" from now on.

Voo de Mar
12-29-2008, 03:14 PM
The blocked forehand return off weak second serves is, on the other hand, the Gooch's ultimate stroke.

:lol:

Henry Chinaski
12-29-2008, 03:14 PM
David Nalbandian

The "lazy bastard" backhand overhead nonchalantly executed in situations where pretty much anyone else on tour would take a couple of steps backwards and hit a regular smash.

krystlel
12-29-2008, 09:46 PM
Have you looked into getting paid for tennis journalism? Are jobs like that very scarce? Everything of yours I've read on MTF as well as your blog is always insightful, informative, and well-written. I honestly enjoy your writing more than most tennis articles in the media, even tennis-specific publications.
I contacted some tennis publications, but they simply do not respond to my e-mails. I'm not sure if they even read them. I'd say that maybe those are too much of a step up like maybe they require qualifications or experience, but I wouldn't know how to get into a smaller-scale publication to start with.

dijus
12-30-2008, 07:10 AM
Francesco Aldi's serve